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by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers players were visibly frustrated with their performance tonight. Veteran defenceman Ladislav Smid spoke to the team's need for more accountability in the dressing room. Smid says that the team says the right things, but it hasn't transitioned into on-ice performance or wins, which could lead to some discomfort in the locker room as players will now have more accountability amongst each other.

"We all know we have to stick together and play as a team but at the same time we have to hold each other accountable," said Smid. "I guess it's got to get uncomfortable in here. Otherwise, we'll keep saying the right thing and keep going on the ice and it's going to be the same old thing."

Veteran centre Sam Gagner said it's a frustrating time for the team which came into the season with high expectations.

"There's high expectations every year. Obviously coming into this season, there's hope. There's optimism. Nothing ever gets done unless the guys in the room do it. We haven't been nearly good enough obviously. You look at our record and the way we've played. We've got a lot to prove to ourselves first off and it starts next game."

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